Enamel is the visible outer covering that protects your teeth. Over time, with continuous exposure to sugar, acids, and bacteria in the mouth, the enamel gets eroded. In order to keep your teeth strong and healthy, the process of demineralization of the enamel should be kept under control.
In this article, our oral care experts at Hallmark Dental Group in St. George, Utah, explain how you can strengthen your teeth with some simple lifestyle changes.
Below are some of the ways you can strengthen your teeth:
Brush twice daily and floss once a day to get rid of food between your teeth. Don’t forget to clean your tongue, too. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and hold it at a 45-degree angle while brushing to effectively remove plaque. Avoid over-brushing that could wear down the enamel.
Use fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse to help remineralize your teeth. Tap water also contains fluoride, and you should drink at least three pints of it every day.
A high intake of starchy foods or frequent intake of sugar can cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce more acids. Acidic foods and drinks can also erode the enamel and cause tooth decay and cavities.
These strengthen the teeth and make them more resistant to damage. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, dairy, meat, poultry, and eggs will help you take care of your teeth naturally. Get plenty of sunlight and ask your dentist about taking supplements.
Taking probiotics can also help improve your oral health.
Saliva washes away leftover food and bacteria, keeping cavities at bay. If you find your mouth is frequently dry, seek professional help. Chewing on sugar-free gum can also help stimulate the production of saliva.
This is a usual response to anger or stress. However, clenching your teeth can wear down the enamel over time. Those prone to grinding their teeth in their sleep can ask their dentist to recommend mouthguards or splints.
To maintain your dental health, you should also get routine dental checkups for early detection and prevention of dental issues.
For more information on how to strengthen your teeth, call Hallmark Dental Group at 435-310-4812 or visit us at 335 East St George Blvd #201, Saint George, UT 84770.